This is a collaborative learning platform offered through UBC Go Global that focuses on an issue of global relevance, co-created and co-delivered by faculty from UBC Sauder School of Business and partner universities around the world, that involves collaborative learning by students from multiple disciplines while working in global virtual teams. Please apply by Monday May 3, 2021.
About the course
This course is led by Dr. Murali Chandrashekaran, Fred H. Siller Professor of Behavioural Science; UBC Vice-Provost, International
Class times and location: T/Th, 5:00pm to 6:30pm PDT – Online (Zoom)
Course duration: May 18-August 19, 2021
COMM 486X is a Global Virtual Classroom focused on UN SDG11 (cities and urban resilience) offered by Sauder's Collaborative for Urban Resilience & Effectiveness (CURE) in partnership with Osaka University's Center for Co-Design. It is an advanced applied course in which students will work in cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams. Course content will be brought to life through global virtual team work, engaging mini lectures, live cases, field study, relevant readings, and discussions to explore two urban resilience challenges faced by an informal settlement (Mukuru) in Nairobi (Kenya).
It brings together faculty from the University of British Columbia, Osaka University, and community leaders from Slum & Shack Dwellers International (SDI), and Akiba Machinani Trust (AMT) to engage with the topic of urban resilience - one on Affordable Housing and another on Clean Energy Cooking Solutions.
Theme: Locally-led Globally-served Urban Resilience
Though history reveals that urbanization has always been an accelerator of growth and development, it also poses profound challenges for businesses, communities, cities, and countries. A recent McKinsey report succinctly notes: “Cities are essential to global economic growth and productivity…. Making cities great is the critical infrastructure challenge of this century.”
COVID-19 is offering the world a particularly stark reminder that a focus on long-term resilience is crucial for citizens, communities, corporations, cities and countries. As we emerge from the long shadow of this crisis, it is increasingly apparent that resilience, reinvention and the bridging of urban divides require greater multilateralism, inclusion and collaboration from which globally-informed and locally-relevant solutions may surface. The need for inclusive approaches is perhaps the greatest for informal settlements and slums that house the world’s most vulnerable people. Though informal settlements evidence an amazing capacity to self-organize and fashion innovative low-cost solutions, COVID-19 has vividly surfaced the need to mobilize innovative models of global partnerships, and develop holistic strategies to find solutions to the very challenges that underpin the vulnerability of informal settlements.
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Analyze resilience challenges and opportunities facing global cities, and evaluate how local and regional context shapes these resilience challenges and opportunities
- Describe the holistic and integrated nature of resilience and its key drivers
- Critique the foundational role of management in the creation and implementation of resilience strategies, with special attention to resiilience challenges faced by informal settlements in Nairobi
- Evaluate the opportunities and challenges of working in remote and borderless teams
- Summarize the benefits and challenges of working with students from different disciplinary backgrounds
The course will run for 15 weeks, and will unfold in four stages.
Stage 1: 4 weeks of concepts - May 18 to June 3
- Each session will be 90 minutes long, and will be facilitated by mini-lectures from subject matter experts, conversations with practitioners, discussion forums triggered by cases from target cities and other leading performance examples in the resilience area.
- Synchronous sessions for the entire class will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00pm-6:30pm (PDT)
Stage 2: 4 weeks of project development and research - June 8 to July 1
- Preparation for fieldwork
- Orientation to the city and the relevant communities for project work
- Intercultural and ethical community engagement sessions
- Designing holistic research questions
- Preparation of project briefing
Stage 3: 4 weeks data analysis and hypotheses refinement - July 6 to July 30
- Meetings with decision-makers and community members in Mukuru to further refine the hypotheses, and articulate research questions and potential solution trajectories for each of the resilience challenges
Stage 4: 3 weeks of Integration and final presentations – August 3 to August 19
- Generation of actions and next steps
- Final presentations